Just like Groarty primary this week the kids from St pauls are joining in the challenge to grow the tallest sunflower in the City of Horti-Culture 2013
the natural follow on from doing gardening in and around the school is kids get a greater appreciation of the environment and are happy to tell you what makes them happy or sad about it, and one thing they love doing is litter picking....its them wee litter grabbers...they go clean mad for them! so we tackled the grounds around Slievemore and gathered up 3 good bags of litter, our crowning glory was a packet of crisps that had a best before date of 2005 on them...
This week we started some early potatoes in bags in St Pauls Primary. We're using old coal bags...nothing fancy here!! We fill the bags with 12 inches of compost, add a good couple of handfuls of chicken manure, 5 spuds to bag. We're using Sharpes Express seed (bought in Knox's garden centre in Campsie). These spuds should be ready to harvest either as small spuds last week of school term or left all summer, the first week the kids are back from holidays as good sized spuds. Spuds in bags need a load of water as they grow, upto 2 gallons a day in the summer...and will need fed again in about 8 weeks time. As the spuds grow we'll earth them up more so eventually the bag will be near 3/4 full
it was all-systems go in St Pauls after schools club, all inspired from the workshop with Ian Price last week where the kids worked with Ian on designing a new school garden they wanted to get their hands dirty this week and do some proper gardening, so we planted some pots with herbs for the school entranceway, we planted some pots with Oregano and some Mint...it was dirty but the kids loved it...and yes we swept up after ourselves!!
the posers with the fruits of their labour....
all watered and for sitting at the front door of the school, next spring they'll be amazing and be a open to anyone to harvest...
this week we took a chance to survey and list all the trees found in the school grounds, the grounds arn't the biggest but we found lots of different types, and took leaf samples for drying and making something with....ideal rainy day job!!
I spent a great day in St Pauls Slievemore Primary School planting Daffodils with the entire School, we planted close on a 1000 daffodil bulbs in the school grounds. It was a mighty day and it was great to have the company of every class from p1-7 come out and plant as many bulbs as each could. We planted the bulbs en masse around the car park areas so visitors to the school next spring will be dazzled by the daffodils for years to come...this is all working towards my challenge of planting 10000 bulbs with Housing Executive this Autumn....and we're getting there!!
My thanks to School Principal Catrina McPheely for helping to make this event possible and to Patrick Duddy from Housing Executive for his on going support with this Bulb Planting initiative.....and most of all thansks to all the kids in St Pauls for a really enjoyable day....and when you look at the pics above its hard to believe these were all taken after they have been planting....not one kid clabbered in muck....
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